Dark glasses and turtlenecks may have gone out of fashion, but the beat ideology lives on at this funky place. Beyond Baroque has been the center for literary arts in Venice since 1968. Here, word is spoken, read, displayed and sung. It's a place where you can experience both nationally renowned and outrageous emerging art all at the same time. The well-crammed bookstore sells cheap books by local artists as well as all of the classics. Free writing workshops are offered throughout the week as well.